Pelican Hill Chefs Present Hands-On Culinary Adventures And Spring Epicurean Experiences For Guests And Locals Alike

Guests and locals alike delight in fresh Epicurean Experience this spring at The Resort at Pelican Hill®, ranked America’s top Resort by Condé Nast Traveler readers. In addition to seasonal menus and holiday dining, discerning foodies, aspiring chefs and dining aficionados will find epicurean adventure and intrigue this spring along the coast of Newport Beach in Southern California.

“This spring, guests can experience so much more than just a great meal,” said Pelican Hill Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray. “I invite you to come along with me on my seasonally inspired adventure in cooking, designed to give you first-hand access to Southern California’s freshest coastal cuisine.”

Spring Epicurean Experiences available in April, May and June 2012 include:

Executive Chef’s Adventures in Cooking Series: Spring Fish & Harvest Package
Join one of California’s most celebrated chefs, Pelican Hill’s Jean-Pierre Dubray, for a two-day Southern California-style culinary adventure.
• Day One: Fish off the Pacific Coast for yellowtail, halibut, white sea bass, barracuda and various rockfish. Your fresh catch of the day will be prepared that evening by Chef Luca Cesarini at Andrea, with Northern Italian wine pairings.
• Day Two: Harvest seasonal vegetables and fruits at the Irvine Ranch® and Chef Dubray will create a special menu at Coliseum Pool & Grill featuring the wines of California’s Central Coast.
Conclude your culinary adventure with a collection of recipes and gifts to enjoy at home.
Starting from $5,000 per person, including two nights of accommodations (minimum stay required). Package available for a maximum of five guests per group. Limited dates are available and must be arranged in advance.

Traditional Easter Brunch
Sunday, April 8
Amidst Pacific ocean panoramas, the little ones delight in an Easter egg hunt, Easter Bunny visits, face painting and balloon shaping on the picturesque Rotunda Lawn. In Mar Vista’s grand ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray presents traditional brunch favorites, with California and Tuscan accents.
$95* per adult, $45* per child ages 5-12, and complimentary for children under age 5.

Mother’s Day Ballroom Brunch
Sunday, May 13
Celebrate your family’s leading lady with a lovely chef-crafted brunch and spectacular ocean views in Mar Vista’s grand ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mothers receive a special gift with our compliments!
$95* per adult, $45* per child ages 5-12, and complimentary for children under age 5.

Mother’s Day Tea in the Great Room
Sunday, May 13
Relish in the elegance of traditional afternoon tea time in the Great Room, featuring a classical harpist and scenic ocean views. Teas, coffees, sweets, sandwiches and wines by the glass are available as a prix fixe menu on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
$45* per adult and $25* per child under age 12.

Easter at Andrea
Sunday, April 8
In addition to award-winning traditional Northern Italian cuisine and fine wines, Chef Luca presents with a prix fixe lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a la carte Easter dinner specials beginning at 5 p.m.
$100* per adult and $45* per child for lunch.

Mother’s Day at Andrea
Sunday, May 13
From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., savor the true flavors of Italy with a prix fixe rustic Tuscan menu that includes your choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts created by Chef Luca. Wine pairings for each course available.
$100* per person, or $150* with wine pairings.

Easter at Pelican Grill
Sunday, April 8
Chef Chang creates a special selection of Easter a la carte dishes, available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as Easter dinner specials and a featured lounge menu available from 3 to 10 p.m.
$85* per adult and $40* per child.

Mother’s Day at Pelican Grill
Sunday, May 13
Dine a fresco in casual elegance on the ocean-view terrace, or indoors with a spectacular view of Pelican Grill’s open-display kitchen. Chef Chang presents a featured three-course California cuisine menu from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., accompanied by live entertainment.
$85* per adult and $40* per child.
Father’s Day at Pelican Grill
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., treat dad to grill favorites and a three-course a la carte brunch menu created by Chef Chang. A la carte dinner specials will also be available.

Farm-to-Fork Lunch Menu
Inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients from the Irvine Ranch, Pelican Grill features a Spring Market Lunch Menu, with two savory courses and one sweet course. Featured seasonal ingredients include asparagus, avocado, fava beans, strawberries and spring peas.
$40* per person. Daily selections change seasonally, based upon local harvest schedules.

Express To-Go from Pelican Grill
Ready for pick-up in 30 minutes or less, delicious lunch and dinner meals for at home and on-the-go are available. Choose your favorites from a selection of specialty dishes, such as Farm Field Greens, Savory Artisanal Sandwiches, Handcrafted Pizzas & Pastas, Grilled Steaks & Seafood and Desserts. Orders may be placed 30 minutes prior to pick-up at (949) 467-5802.

Easter at Coliseum Pool & Grill
Sunday, April 8
Chef Marc creates an extraordinary breakfast buffet, available from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and special a la carte Easter dinner specials.
$45* per adult and $20* per child ages 5-12 for breakfast/brunch buffet, and complimentary for children under age 5.

Mother’s Day at Coliseum Pool & Grill
Sunday, May 13
Enjoy scenic poolside dining with ocean panoramas during an all-day brunch buffet created by Chef Marc. A la carte lunch and dinner specials will be available from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
$45* per adult and $20* per child ages 5-12 for brunch buffet, and complimentary for children under age 5.

Memorial Day BBQ at Coliseum Pool & Grill
Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27
Celebrate under the California sun with a poolside barbeque buffet from 5 to 9 p.m.
$49* per adult and $20* per child under age 12.

Father’s Day Brunch at Coliseum Pool & Grill
Celebrate together with a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring California cuisine created by Chef Marc.
$55* per adult and $25* per child under age 12.

Spring Sports Cabana Viewing Parties
March through June 2012
From hockey playoffs and March Madness to pro basketball and major league baseball, watch the play-by-play from the comfort of your own private cabana overlooking the Coliseum Pool, Pacific Ocean and golf course. For groups of 10 or less fans, cheer on your favorite teams with special food and beverage packages, including:
• Home Run: Mini corndog dippers with three sauces, roasted peanuts, and a bucket of two chilled brews ($21* per person)
• Slam Dunk: Kobe-style beef sliders, tall-n-skinny fries, and a pair of pale ales served in tall pilsner glasses ($25* per person)
• Breakfast of Champions: Bloody Mary cocktails and classic breakfast burritos ($23* per person)
• Team Party: Fresh-baked pizza of your choice and a bottle of Palladio Chianti ($63* for up to four people)
• Sweet Victory: Giant chocolate chip cookies, assorted gelato and a bottle of Italian Prosecco ($75* for up to four people)
Does not include daily cabana rental fee starting from $50* per cabana; rates vary by cabana size and location.

Continuing throughout 2012, the following events remain ongoing:

Game Day Sports Lounge
Whether your game of choice is hockey playoffs, March Madness, pro basketball or major league baseball, Newport Coast’s Sports Center brings all the action to you on two nine-foot screens at the Pelican Grill Lounge. Game day menu specials include the Stadium Burger, the Jalapeno All-Beef Hot Dog and the Wild King Salmon BLT Sandwich, plus chilled beers, California wines and specialty cocktails.

Live Music, Small Plates & Chilled Prosecco
Featuring Broadway’s Adam Michaelson
Every Friday and Saturday evening, enjoy performances at 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. in the Great Room. Mix, Move and Mingle while sipping specialty chilled martinis and small plate menu as our featured live performers play contemporary favorites! Celebrate “La Dolce Vita” with “La Dolce Ora” late night value specials from 8 – 10:30 p.m.

For reservations and more information, please call 800.820.6800 or visit

*Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

About Pelican Hill®
Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, Pelican Hill features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 U.S. Resort and #1 California Golf Resort (2011 Readers’ Choice Awards), in Travel + Leisure’s "Top 100" World’s Best Hotels (2011 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).

The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company
The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.